Uttar Pradesh

TLM Naini Hospital

Naini is a satellite neighbourhood and a twin city of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Naini is infamous for its prison, Naini Central Prison, where many freedom fighters – including Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India – were imprisoned during the Indian independence movement. There are 20 government-run Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the district.


TLM Naini Hospital was established in the year 1876. 

Dr Sam Higginbotham, the American Presbyterian missionary and founder of Allahabad Agricultural Institute, started Naini Leper Asylum in 1876 to take care of leprosy patients. It was a part of Agriculture Institute and Blind Home at that time. This institution served as a home for the leprosy patients who were abandoned by their families and communities, for the first few decades of its existence. In 1906, the Mission to Lepers (now, The Leprosy Mission Trust India) took over the institution. It is one of the largest hospitals serving leprosy affected people

The facilities provided by the hospital include out-patient facilities,, in-patient facilities, operating theatre, laboratory services, ECG services, X-ray services, counselling, physiotherapy, pharmacy, MCR protective footwear and artificial limbs.

Goal of the hospital

TLM Naini Hospital aims to provide quality leprosy services and integrated general healthcare to patients who visit the hospital. The hospital aims to achieve its goal through:

  • Providing specialised leprosy care to patients.
  • Training leprosy patients in self-care for prevention of disability (POD).
  • Building the capacity of healthcare providers (government and non-governmental organisations) in managing leprosy and its complications.
  • Providing integrated healthcare for other diseases alongside leprosy.
  • Providing care for aged people cured of leprosy, through Snehalaya (Mercy Home)
  • Rehabilitation of people affected by leprosy and their family members.
  • Raising awareness in the general society about leprosy.




Outpatient Inpatient
The hospital provides holistic care for the following specialities:

  • leprosy treatment and management
  • dermatology
  • general medicine
  • general physiotherapy
  • general surgery
  • obstetrics & gynaecology
  • reconstructive surgery

In 2015, 71,000 general consultations were provided, with:

  • 3% leprosy
  • 84% dermatology
  • 12% general medicine
The hospital has a 150-bedded in-patient wing and provides best inpatient facility with 24-hour nursing care and latest equipment. Patients are admitted mainly for:

  • leprosy (eye care, ulcer, surgery, lepra reaction and neuritis, etc) – about 1600 in 2015.
  • general medicine – 257

About 48,000 leprosy bed days and 2100 general patient bed days were utilised in a year.






Support services (lab tests; X-ray, ECG, and ultrasound; physiotherapy; counselling):

  • 49,500 lab tests, including 6,100 skin smear examinations for leprosy, 6,400 haematology tests and 25,000 biochemistry tests done in 2015.
  • 1,600 X-ray imaging and 950 ECG tests done.
  • 3,500 patients underwent physiotherapy.
  • 2,100 leprosy patients counselled.

Prevention of impairment and disability (POID) in leprosy:

The hospital provides patient education, physiotherapy, pre-fabricated splints, MCR protective footwear, etc, to leprosy patients to prevent impairment and disability.In a year:

  • 370 leprosy patients diagnosed with reaction/neuritis given appropriate treatment.
  • 540 ulcer surgeries done.
  • The hospital has an MCR protective footwear manufacturing unit which manufactured 200 pairs in 2015 and supplied to hospital patients and to the government.
  • The hospital also has an artificial limbs manufacturing unit which manufactured 290 orthoses for leprosy patients.